Resource Recycling Conference
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Join PSI, the American Coatings Association (ACA), CarpetCycle, and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) at the 2013 Resource-Recycling Conference as we explore the challenges and successes of carpet, paint, and mattress stewardship!

Organized by PSI and moderated by PSI’s CEO, Scott Cassel, the panel will include guest speakers Alison Keane, Vice President of ACA; Chris Hudgins, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy for the ISPA; and Sean Ragiel, President of CarpetCycle.

The Resource Recycling Conference is an annual two-day gathering of leaders from all aspects of the recycling industry, featuring numerous educational sessions, exhibitions, and networking opportunities. Visit the conference website to register and learn more!

PSI Panel: Product Stewardship A Sustainable Solution for Difficult-to-Manage Products
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
1:30 - 3:00pm
Concurrent Panel B

Conference Dates
Aug 27-28, 2013

Mariott Louisville Downtown
280 W Jefferson St
Louisville, KY

Registration fee is $515 per person. Registration includes entrance into conference sessions, trade show, conference packet and program as well as two continental breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks and evening reception.

  For more information, please visit the Resource Recycling Conference's website.


Presentation Descriptions


Paint Stewardship: From a Vision to a Reality

This year, Minnesota, Vermont, and Maine became the fifth, sixth and seventh states to pass paint stewardship legislation, requiring manufacturers to fund and operate post-consumer collection programs that ensure the environmentally responsible end-of-life management of leftover paint. PaintCare, a nonprofit established by the American Coatings Association on behalf of manufacturers, oversees the implementation of these stewardship programs. Why was PaintCare developed? How is it implemented?  How successful has it been on a state-by-state basis?  In this session, Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs with ACA, will provide background on the history and future of this successful model of industry and government collaboration.

 Mattress Stewardship: A Burgeoning Movement (Chris Hudgins, ISPA)

In May, Connecticut made history by becoming the first state to pass a mattress recycling law. Rhode Island followed suit in June with the passage of a similar law, and legislation is currently pending in California. The International Sleep Products Association, in collaboration with state government leaders and other stakeholders, played a key role in the development of these laws. Chris Hudgins, ISPA’s vice president of government relations and policy, will explore the mattress industry's role in these efforts, and the factors key to ISPA’s support. Chris will also discuss his expectations for the future of mattress recycling in other states.

 Challenges and Opportunities of Carpet Recycling (Sean Ragiel, CarpetCycle)

The U.S. generates about 3.5 million tons of carpet waste each year. Carpet’s weight and bulk make it expensive to transport and manage, its component materials are hard to recycle, and a lack of recycling infrastructure in many regions means that it often ends up in landfill. Product stewardship promises to create solutions to these challenges through increased funding for recycling and the prospect of improved recycling infrastructure. CarpetCycle CEO Sean Ragiel will explain carpet recycling and the business opportunities that product stewardship programs present.



Meeting Accomodation Notice

All meetings held by PSI are required to be accessible to persons with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations are available upon request to persons with disabilities who require alternately formatted materials or auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication and access to this meeting. Please allow at least 10 business days to arrange for accommodations. All requests should be sent to Amanda Nicholson at or at 29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116.

  If you need additional assistance registering for this meeting, please contact Amanda Nicholson at or 617.236.4833.

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